Data from Local System

Adversaries may search local system sources, such as file systems or local databases, to find files of interest and sensitive data prior to Exfiltration.

Adversaries may do this using a Command and Scripting Interpreter, such as cmd, which has functionality to interact with the file system to gather information. Some adversaries may also use Automated Collection on the local system.

ID: T1005
Sub-techniques:  No sub-techniques
Tactic: Collection
Platforms: Linux, Windows, macOS
System Requirements: Privileges to access certain files and directories
Contributors: William Cain
Version: 1.3
Created: 31 May 2017
Last Modified: 15 October 2021
Provided by LAYER 8

Procedure Examples

ID Name Description
G0138 Andariel

Andariel has collected large numbers of files from compromised network systems for later extraction.[1]

S0622 AppleSeed

AppleSeed can collect data on a compromised host.[2]

G0006 APT1

APT1 has collected files from a local victim.[3]

G0007 APT28

APT28 has retrieved internal documents from machines inside victim environments, including by using Forfiles to stage documents before exfiltration.[4][5][6][7]

G0016 APT29

APT29 has extracted files from compromised networks.[8]

G0022 APT3

APT3 will identify Microsoft Office documents on the victim's computer.[9]

G0067 APT37

APT37 has collected data from victims' local systems.[10]

G0082 APT38

APT38 has collected data from a compromised host.[11]

G0087 APT39

APT39 has used various tools to steal files from the compromised host.[12][13]

G0096 APT41

APT41 has uploaded files and data from a compromised host.[14]


BADFLICK has uploaded files from victims' machines.[15]


When it first starts, BADNEWS crawls the victim's local drives and collects documents with the following extensions: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, and .txt.[16][17]

S0337 BadPatch

BadPatch collects files from the local system that have the following extensions, then prepares them for exfiltration: .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .mdb, .rar, .zip, .doc, .docx.[18]

S0234 Bandook

Bandook can collect local files from the system .[19]

S0239 Bankshot

Bankshot collects files from the local system.[20]

S0534 Bazar

Bazar can retrieve information from the infected machine.[21]

S0564 BlackMould

BlackMould can copy files on a compromised host.[22]


BLINDINGCAN has uploaded files from victim machines.[23]

S0651 BoxCaon

BoxCaon can upload files from a compromised host.[24]


BRONZE BUTLER has exfiltrated files stolen from local systems.[25]

S0274 Calisto

Calisto can collect data from user directories.[26]

S0572 Caterpillar WebShell

Caterpillar WebShell has a module to collect information from the local database.[27]

S0020 China Chopper

China Chopper's server component can upload local files.[28][29][30]

S0154 Cobalt Strike

Cobalt Strike can collect data from a local system.[31][32]

S0492 CookieMiner

CookieMiner has retrieved iPhone text messages from iTunes phone backup files.[33]

S0050 CosmicDuke

CosmicDuke steals user files from local hard drives with file extensions that match a predefined list.[34]

S0538 Crutch

Crutch can exfiltrate files from compromised systems.[35]

S0498 Cryptoistic

Cryptoistic can retrieve files from the local file system.[36]

G0070 Dark Caracal

Dark Caracal collected complete contents of the 'Pictures' folder from compromised Windows systems.[37]

G0074 Dragonfly 2.0

Dragonfly 2.0 collected data from local victim systems.[38]

S0502 Drovorub

Drovorub can transfer files from the victim machine.[39]

S0567 Dtrack

Dtrack can collect a variety of information from victim machines.[40]

G0031 Dust Storm

Dust Storm has used Android backdoors capable of exfiltrating specific files directly from the infected devices.[41]

S0634 EnvyScout

EnvyScout can collect sensitive NTLM material from a compromised host.[42]

S0404 esentutl

esentutl can be used to collect data from local file systems.[43]

S0512 FatDuke

FatDuke can copy files and directories from a compromised host.[44]

G0037 FIN6

FIN6 has collected and exfiltrated payment card data from compromised systems.[45][46][47]

G0046 FIN7

FIN7 has collected files and other sensitive information from a compromised network.[48]


FLASHFLOOD searches for interesting files (either a default or customized set of file extensions) on the local system. FLASHFLOOD will scan the My Recent Documents, Desktop, Temporary Internet Files, and TEMP directories. FLASHFLOOD also collects information stored in the Windows Address Book.[49]

S0193 Forfiles

Forfiles can be used to act on (ex: copy, move, etc.) files/directories in a system during (ex: copy files into a staging area before).[4]

G0117 Fox Kitten

Fox Kitten has searched local system resources to access sensitive documents.[50]

S0503 FrameworkPOS

FrameworkPOS can collect elements related to credit card data from process memory.[51]

G0101 Frankenstein

Frankenstein has enumerated hosts via Empire, gathering various local system information.[52]


GALLIUM collected data from the victim's local system, including password hashes from the SAM hive in the Registry.[53]

G0047 Gamaredon Group

Gamaredon Group has collected files from infected systems and uploaded them to a C2 server.[54]

S0477 Goopy

Goopy has the ability to exfiltrate documents from infected systems.[55]

S0237 GravityRAT

GravityRAT steals files with the following extensions: .docx, .doc, .pptx, .ppt, .xlsx, .xls, .rtf, and .pdf.[56]

S0632 GrimAgent

GrimAgent can collect data and files from a compromised host.[57]

G0072 Honeybee

Honeybee collects data from the local victim system.[58]

S0203 Hydraq

Hydraq creates a backdoor through which remote attackers can read data from files.[59][60]

G0100 Inception

Inception used a file hunting plugin to collect .txt, .pdf, .xls or .doc files from the infected host.[61]

S0260 InvisiMole

InvisiMole can collect data from the system, and can monitor changes in specified directories.[62]

S0015 Ixeshe

Ixeshe can collect data from a local system.[63]

S0265 Kazuar

Kazuar uploads files from a specified directory to the C2 server.[64]

G0004 Ke3chang

Ke3chang gathered information and files from local directories for exfiltration.[65]


KGH_SPY can send a file containing victim system information to C2.[66]

G0094 Kimsuky

Kimsuky has collected Office, PDF, and HWP documents from its victims.[67]

S0250 Koadic

Koadic can download files off the target system to send back to the server.[68]

G0032 Lazarus Group

Lazarus Group malware IndiaIndia saves information gathered about the victim to a file that is uploaded to one of its 10 C2 servers. Lazarus Group malware RomeoDelta copies specified directories from the victim's machine, then archives and encrypts the directories before uploading to its C2 server.[69][70][71]

S0395 LightNeuron

LightNeuron can collect files from a local system.[72]

S0211 Linfo

Linfo creates a backdoor through which remote attackers can obtain data from local systems.[73]

S0409 Machete

Machete searches the File system for files of interest.[74]

S0652 MarkiRAT

MarkiRAT can upload data from the victim's machine to the C2 server.[75]

S0500 MCMD

MCMD has the ability to upload files from an infected device.[76]

G0045 menuPass

menuPass has collected various files from the compromised computers.[77][78]

S0079 MobileOrder

MobileOrder exfiltrates data collected from the victim mobile device.[79]

S0630 Nebulae

Nebulae has the capability to upload collected files to C2.[80]

S0385 njRAT

njRAT can collect data from a local system.[81]

S0340 Octopus

Octopus can exfiltrate files from the system using a documents collector tool.[82]

G0116 Operation Wocao

Operation Wocao has exfiltrated files and directories of interest from the targeted system.[83]


OSX_OCEANLOTUS.D has the ability to upload files from a compromised host.[84]

S0594 Out1

Out1 can copy files and Registry data from compromised hosts.[85]

S0598 P.A.S. Webshell

P.A.S. Webshell has the ability to copy files on a compromised host.[86]

S0208 Pasam

Pasam creates a backdoor through which remote attackers can retrieve files.[87]

G0040 Patchwork

Patchwork collected and exfiltrated files from the infected system.[88]

S0517 Pillowmint

Pillowmint has collected credit card data using native API functions.[89]

S0048 PinchDuke

PinchDuke collects user files from the compromised host based on predefined file extensions.[90]

S0012 PoisonIvy

PoisonIvy creates a backdoor through which remote attackers can steal system information.[91]

S0194 PowerSploit

PowerSploit contains a collection of Exfiltration modules that can access data from local files, volumes, and processes.[92][93]


POWERSTATS can upload files from compromised hosts.[94]

S0238 Proxysvc

Proxysvc searches the local system and gathers data.[95]


PUNCHTRACK scrapes memory for properly formatted payment card data.[96][97]

S0650 QakBot

QakBot can use a variety of commands, including esentutl.exe to steal sensitive data from Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, to acquire information that is subsequently exfiltrated.[98][99]

S0629 RainyDay

RainyDay can use a file exfiltration tool to collect recently changed files on a compromised host.[80]

S0458 Ramsay

Ramsay can collect Microsoft Word documents from the target's file system, as well as .txt, .doc, and .xls files from the Internet Explorer cache.[100][101]

S0169 RawPOS

RawPOS dumps memory from specific processes on a victim system, parses the dumped files, and scrapes them for credit card data.[102][103][104]


ROKRAT can request to upload collected host data and additional files.[105]

S0090 Rover

Rover searches for files on local drives based on a predefined list of file extensions.[106]

G0034 Sandworm Team

Sandworm Team has exfiltrated internal documents, files, and other data from compromised hosts.[107]

S0461 SDBbot

SDBbot has the ability to access the file system on a compromised host.[108]

S0444 ShimRat

ShimRat has the capability to upload collected files to a C2.[109]

S0610 SideTwist

SideTwist has the ability to upload files from a compromised host.[110]


SLOTHFULMEDIA has uploaded files and information from victim machines.[111]

S0615 SombRAT

SombRAT has collected data and files from a compromised host.[112][113]

S0646 SpicyOmelette

SpicyOmelette has collected data and other information from a compromised host.[114]

G0038 Stealth Falcon

Stealth Falcon malware gathers data from the local victim system.[115]


SUNBURST collected information from a compromised host.[116][117]

S0011 Taidoor

Taidoor can upload data and files from a victim's machine.[118]

S0467 TajMahal

TajMahal has the ability to steal documents from the local system including the print spooler queue.[119]

G0027 Threat Group-3390

Threat Group-3390 ran a command to compile an archive of file types of interest from the victim user's directories.[120]

S0266 TrickBot

TrickBot collects local files and information from the victim’s local machine.[121]

G0010 Turla

Turla RPC backdoors can upload files from victim machines.[122]

S0386 Ursnif

Ursnif has collected files from victim machines, including certificates and cookies.[123]

S0452 USBferry

USBferry can collect information from an air-gapped host machine.[124]

S0515 WellMail

WellMail can exfiltrate files from the victim machine.[125]

S0514 WellMess

WellMess can send files from the victim machine to C2.[126][127]

S0645 Wevtutil

Wevtutil can be used to export events from a specific log.[128][129]

G0124 Windigo

Windigo has used a script to gather credentials in files left on disk by OpenSSH backdoors.[130]

S0653 xCaon

xCaon has uploaded files from victims' machines.[24]


XCSSET collects contacts and application data from files in Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Dropbox, and WeChat folders.[131]

S0248 yty

yty collects files with the following extensions: .ppt, .pptx, .pdf, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .docm, .rtf, .inp, .xlsm, .csv, .odt, .pps, .vcf and sends them back to the C2 server.[132]


ID Mitigation Description
M1057 Data Loss Prevention

Data loss prevention can restrict access to sensitive data and detect sensitive data that is unencrypted.


ID Data Source Data Component
DS0017 Command Command Execution
DS0022 File File Access
DS0012 Script Script Execution

Monitor processes and command-line arguments for actions that could be taken to collect files from a system. Remote access tools with built-in features may interact directly with the Windows API to gather data. Data may also be acquired through Windows system management tools such as Windows Management Instrumentation and PowerShell.


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